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Bid to Censor Anne Frank’s ‘Pornographic’ Diary Fails

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The recent plea of a Michigan school mom to censor Anne Frank’s diary (which got a mention in Flavorwire’s list of famous books you didn’t know were censored) has thankfully failed. The mother’s attempt to ban the book from Michigan’s classrooms due to its apparently “pornographic” descriptive content came after another similar controversy about the graphic novel Persepolis. The mother told the media that the book was “pretty graphic, and it’s pretty pornographic for seventh-grade boys and girls to be reading.”

The parts with which this mother had a problem are where Frank writes of discovering her own anatomy: “…when you’re standing up, all you see from the front is hair. Between your legs there are two soft, cushiony things, also covered with hair, which press together when you’re standing, so you can’t see what’s inside. They separate when you sit down and they’re very red and quite fleshy on the inside. In the upper part, between the outer labia, there’s a fold of skin that, on second thought, looks like a kind of blister. That’s the clitoris.”

The mother who raised the complaint has consequently been denied by a committee who voted unanimously against her, and stated that the historical text’s removal “would effectively impose situational censorship.” [via The Guardian]

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